A few days ago I posted a cover by Ghost Box label co-owner Julian House. It got me thinking about the Stereolab covers I dig so much so I went looking for the work House did for the band. This isn't comprehensive and includes most of the full length covers and at least two EP's. I've also included a few other Stereolab covers I came across that I like that were not by House. There is a pretty comprehensive list of most of the album cover work House has done at rateyourmusic.com. See more covers after the jump.
The simple-yet-stark color palette, bold shapes and typography all contribute to a feeling that the Stereolab world is a self-contained one, and has no outside influences. The music certainly reflects this, but the experience of Stereolab begins with what you see on the album cover.
See this great flickr pool dedicated House. He's had a long career designing for the music industry in the U.K. and abroad. Stereolab is so consistent in their output, and you are almost guaranteed to be impressed on every album. But they stick to what they do with razor focus, and hardly ever deviate from their template. Having the same cover designer across their discography has such a satisfying affect, and works well in this scenario. It's as tight a music/visual experience as anyone could conceive.
The covers below are not by house as far as I'm aware, but they are still great.